A work-based learning environment to gain invaluable work skills and recognise they have progressed from a school/college environment to the world of work. Up to 3 days per week in work placement, 2 studying vocational qualifications.

This Study Programme is for students aged 16-24 years with a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education, Health and Care plan. Students access a work based learning environment to gain invaluable work skills and recognise they have progressed from a school/college environment to the world of work. They are based in ‘The Catcote Metro’ retail outlet upstairs in a specialist training room, which is based in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

Students spend up to 2 days per week studying specific vocational qualifications, employability and independence related qualifications. As well as this, they have the opportunity to access up to 3 days per week in specific areas of work in supported placements, which have been matched to their aspirations, interests and skill set.

 This programme is personalized for each young person based upon need, development and destination. The work placements are job carved and supported by an experienced Job Coach employed specifically for this programme. As part of the STEPS programme we also offer ‘The Working Hart’ Programme. This takes place one day per week during the first year of the programme and gives the opportunity to enhance and develop a range of employability ‘soft skills’ within a residential village working on a round robin system in 6 vastly different and appropriate areas of work:

  • Maintenance
  • Bar
  • Admin
  • Domestic
  • Catering
  • Hospitality
  • Landscaping

The young people wear a specific uniform and access the different areas to allow them to gain more understanding of areas of work they may not have considered previously.

Skills areas:

  • Independent travel – where relevant
  • Functional/transferable skills – Finance (money & Budgeting)
  • Personal care and presentation
  • Independent thinking skills
  • Employability skills
  • Accessing the local community
  • Vocational taster sessions to offer informed choices for destinations

This study programme can be accessed for 1-3 years dependent upon the need and development of the young person.

The Supported Internship Programme

The Internship Programme is for young people aged 16-24 with a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education, Health and Care plan. They provide a personalised and flexible study programme tailored to meet individual needs and increase the chance of sustaining paid employment upon completion of the programme.

The programme links up with employers to give students with Special Educational Needs the chance to prepare for full time employment.

The students are based in ‘The Catcote Metro’ retail outlet upstairs in the training room, which is based in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre. They are taught for up to one day per week studying specific vocational qualifications in the area of work they have chosen to train.

Students also have the opportunity to access up to four days per week in specific work placements supported with experienced Job Coaches where appropriate.

The Internship is a 12 month programme.